Friendswood Girl Scout renovates local park to earn Gold Award
Friendswood, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scout Chelsea C. removed dangerous equipment and installed a walking path at a local park to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
"I learned that many great dreams do not get fulfilled because of a lack of funds and a lack of people taking the initiative," said Chelsea, a senior at Friendswood High School.
Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.
"I chose this project because I wanted the kids in my neighborhood to have a fun, safe place to play that also offered something for the parents to do," said Chelsea.
For her project, Chelsea did fundraising to replace old, dangerous equipment. She contacted several playground equipment companies for bids and met with a city inspector to discuss the safety issues the old equipment presented. Finally, she led volunteers in removing the old playground equipment, installed a tenth-of-a-mile walking path and found a landscaping company willing to donate the materials and time to help beautify the park.
"Chelsea had grand plans to spend several tens of thousands of dollars on playground equipment through corporate sponsorship, but fundraising proved to be a tough challenge," said Wesley C., Chelsea’s father. "Chelsea learned to work with difficult challenges and learned persistence is necessary to keep on schedule."
Chelsea has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Friendswood High School, she is a member of band, National Honor Society, PALS and has been named an AP Scholar. She is also a member of her church’s youth and leadership groups. Following graduation Chelsea plans to attend college to study nursing.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.
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